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#1 Baby 4 Millers

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:38 PM

What books do you recommend for fun reading while waiting? I'm reading "before I go to sleep" and it's good so far.
Me 39DH 41TTC 6 years
No luck with clomid & IUI
January 2012 dx and start DHEA
May start first round IVF: 450 gonal-f and 150 luverisMay 25 11follicles!!!May 26 15 folliclesMay 31 hcg injectionJune 1 ER 18 eggs, 11 appear matureJune 3 7 embryos but are still only 2 cellsJune 4 ET 3 embryos. No embryos to freezeJune 17 hpt BFP. My DH's first Fathers Day!June 19 Beta 249July 6 Two egg sacs and one with a baby with a heartbeat!
February 20, 2013 baby boy born

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 08:40 AM

I really liked that book! The book of Negroes was by far one of the best books I have read ever! Also for a light read sTori telling was pretty good too.
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#3 Juliet

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 09:23 AM

I have fallen in love platonically with author Katrina Kittle. She's amazing. I love all her books, and they're pretty recent but starting to win awards. I especially liked "Two Truths and a Lie"... impressive plot and couldn't stop reading. "The Kindness of Strangers" is great too but handles some tough issues.

I also recently liked "The Doctor's Wife" by Elizabeth Brundage and "Unbearable Lightness" (Porta de Rossi - Ellen's wife.)

I just ordered "Down Came the Rain" by Brooke Shields. She talks about infertility, ART, post-partum, and life after! My next read.

#4 KiwiGal

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 09:50 AM

I agree with Juliet - Unbearable Lightness was an amazing book. I couldn't put it down! I just finished the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and am on book 2 of the Hunger Games Trilogy. I also just started The Vow. All very light reads, but good just the same. :)

Love this thread!
2005/06 - DH diagnosed with CF (mild form) & MFI
May 31, 2012 - DH appointment with urologist
June 5, 2012 - Consent signing for IVF w/ICSI
June 20, 2012 - DH TESE/PESA appointment
July 5, 2012 - F/U B/W to check thyroid level
August 15, 2012 - Appointment with nurse to learn injections
August 31, 2012 - Called in Day 1!
September 1, 2012 - Day 2 b/w; starting 125 IU Puregon tonight!
September 5, 2012 - Day 5 b/w and u/s - 4 lead follicles with 27 small on the right and 17 small on the left!
September 7, 2012 - Day 7 b/w and u/s - 19 follicles measuring on the chart w/ several small trying to catch up!
September 9, 2012 - Day 9 b/w and u/s - Almost there! Over 20 follicles measuring on the chart, but not over 16mm yet...
September 10, 2012 - Day 10 b/w and u/s - 6 follicles over 17mm; 20-ish measuring close behind. At risk for OHSS. :(TRIGGER tonight @ 10pm!!! Stopped injections & started Dostinex (for OHSS)
September 12, 2012 - 10am - ER! 25 eggs retrieved
September 13, 2012 - Fertilization report: 16 out of 25 eggs fertilized! Scheduled a Day 5 transfer. :)
September 17, 2012 - Transferred 1 very good quality (B3-BB) embryo!
September 25, 2012 - 8dp5dt - BFP on FRER!!!!
September 28, 2012 - Beta #1 - 314!!!!
October 1, 2012 - Beta #2 - 900!!
October 5, 2012 - U/S - Shows 1 gestational and yolk sac in the uterus. :) We're over the moon!
October 26, 2012 - U/S and follow up w/ Dr. Vause - 1 very healthy baby measuring 1 week ahead! HB 176. Graduated from the clinic today!
November 1, 2012 - 1st Midwife Appointment!!
November 23, 2012 - IPS U/S and B/W
December 6, 2012 - 2nd Midwife Appointment!
January 10, 2013 - Morphology Ultrasound
January 16, 2013 - 3rd Midwife Appointment

We are team GREEN!

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#5 snowmom

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:16 PM

I just finished reading Under the Dome by Stepan King.
Me 40: Total tubal blockage, 1 ovary, DOR DH 35: Poor motilityTTC since 1998DS natural conception 1996DS&DD ivf icsi 2008DS ivf icsi 2013.Our family is complete.Donated four frosties. IP's got bfp!

#6 mistiqueallie

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 07:50 PM

For light, funny reading... the Shopaholic series (I think there's five or six of them) by Sophie Kinsella. My go to books for a pick-me-up.

ME: 32, PCOS, irregular periods, anovulation, overweight
DH: 44, practically perfect in every way

TTC: 7 years (since we got married in Sept. 2006)
Clinic: Regional Fertility Program since 2010


IVF - Antagonist, no suppression, August 2012
Freeze-all: See "About Me" in my profile for IVF details


FET - Artificial (Medicated) Cycle, November/December 2012

Suprefact supression, Estrace and Prometrium

BFN - See "About Me" for details


FET - Artificial (Medicated) Cycle, March/April/May 2013

Lupron supression, Estrace and Prometrium

 

Mar 22 - start Lupron injections 1 x per day
Apr 01 - still sticking needles...
Apr 12 - ultrasound looks good - green light to start Estrace, back to clinic on Apr 26th
Apr 26 - lining check - everything's good, transfer on Wednesday! Stop Lupron, start Prometrium
May 1 - transfer day! 1 "beautiful" 5 day frosty transferred, 9 left
May 2 - May 12 - waiting, waiting, waiting
May 13 - day before official test - nervous wreck, crying a lot... convinced my DH to let me test - first EVER BFP!!!!
May 14 - official test day --- th_abfp.gif  Estimated due date: January 17, 2014
Jul 09 - NT ultrasound - everything looks AWESOME... so exciting to see a little person on the screen!
Jul 17 - trip to ER due to heavy red bleeding, ultrasound showed healthy baby moving with a great heartrate
Aug 14 - first OB apt - finally heard heartbeat on Doppler (anterior placenta prevented Dr from finding earlier)
Aug 26 - Anatomy ultrasound - everything looks great, probably a girl and have to go back as she's not cooperating!
Sep 04 - Anatomy ultrasound (Take II) - still looking great, probably a girl, and have to go back AGAIN as she's still not cooperating!
Sep 17 - THIRD Anatomy ultrasound - finally got all pics we needed, definitely a girl
Sep 30 - Little Megan made a dramatic entrance at 24w3d by emergency c-section (IC and bulging membranes). 1lb 10oz and 12.5 in, being cared for by the wonderful nurses and doctors in the NICU


#7 manders

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 06:43 PM

Also LOVE this thread!! I am a big reader- reading The 50 Shades Trilogy right now, kind of weird but a great read if you just read it for what it is.
I really like Jennifer Weiners books- Good in Bed, In Her She's, etc
I also like Elin Hilderbrands books

I have a long list of books I want to read and now it will get longer because of this thread!! :). Love it
Oct 2011- first visit to fertility clinic- Feb 2012- IVF #1- 21 eggs retrieved, 16 mature, 11 fertilized, 5 made it to freeze on day 5- OHSS was brutal! March 2012 FET transferred 1- BFP- ended in mc- May 2012 transferred 2 BFP- pregnant with twins. Mc one and gave birth to DS Feb 2013- Oct 2013 back to clinic- Jan 2014 transferred 2- BFP- ended in mc- April 2014 IUI- BFN- July 2014 IVF#2- retrieved 42 eggs, 34 mature, used ICSI this time and 23 fertilized. 17 made it to freezing day 5/6. OHSS kicked in...(not as bad as the first time thank goodness, but VERY uncomfortable). PGS results came back with only 5 normal embryos. 3 2AA's, 1 2AB and 1 3AB. Sept 5- transferred 2, 2AA's. 7dp5dt blood test negative:(

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 10:44 PM

For a nice light beach read (or beaching yourself for the 2WW) Lorna Lanvik's "Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons." It's pretty funny.

If you want to cry buckets, I'd recommend "The Art of Racing in the Rain." About a dog who loves his master so much.... I tear up just thinking about it.

For some life afirming hope message, Paulo Coehlo's "The Alchemist." My favourite book ever.

For oppulence and nostalgia, F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby."

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#9 Mammamia

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:09 PM

Such a pretty face by Cathy Lamb is a great book! Great characters and story line!

December 2010- began journey at HeartlandIVF #2 (VFC)
August 15/2012- start Gonal F (225), Luveris (75)
August 20- add cetrotide
August 23rd- first U/S at VFC, 35 follicles around 14mm, ER potentially Monday instead of Thursday.
August 25th U/S
Aug28 ER, 39 follicles, ICSI on 33
August 29- 27 embryos growing!
Sept 2-froze 17
Day 5FET- nov.14
5dp5dt- BFN6dp5dt-BFP!!Early beta 9dp5dt- 83.0712dp5dt- 23414dp5dt- 494!!!U/S Dec. 14- one little bean measuring on trackBaby Boy born August 13/13


#10 Baby 4 Millers

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:19 PM

I enjoyed "the forgotten garden"
Me 39DH 41TTC 6 years
No luck with clomid & IUI
January 2012 dx and start DHEA
May start first round IVF: 450 gonal-f and 150 luverisMay 25 11follicles!!!May 26 15 folliclesMay 31 hcg injectionJune 1 ER 18 eggs, 11 appear matureJune 3 7 embryos but are still only 2 cellsJune 4 ET 3 embryos. No embryos to freezeJune 17 hpt BFP. My DH's first Fathers Day!June 19 Beta 249July 6 Two egg sacs and one with a baby with a heartbeat!
February 20, 2013 baby boy born

#11 Flossie

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 08:26 PM

The language of flowers.
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#12 mistiqueallie

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 08:56 PM

If you like murder/suspense stuff - early Karin Slaughter (great name for a murder/suspense author!) and early Patricia Cornwell stuff is good, and helps pass the time!

Whoot-whoot! Post #100!

ME: 32, PCOS, irregular periods, anovulation, overweight
DH: 44, practically perfect in every way

TTC: 7 years (since we got married in Sept. 2006)
Clinic: Regional Fertility Program since 2010


IVF - Antagonist, no suppression, August 2012
Freeze-all: See "About Me" in my profile for IVF details


FET - Artificial (Medicated) Cycle, November/December 2012

Suprefact supression, Estrace and Prometrium

BFN - See "About Me" for details


FET - Artificial (Medicated) Cycle, March/April/May 2013

Lupron supression, Estrace and Prometrium

 

Mar 22 - start Lupron injections 1 x per day
Apr 01 - still sticking needles...
Apr 12 - ultrasound looks good - green light to start Estrace, back to clinic on Apr 26th
Apr 26 - lining check - everything's good, transfer on Wednesday! Stop Lupron, start Prometrium
May 1 - transfer day! 1 "beautiful" 5 day frosty transferred, 9 left
May 2 - May 12 - waiting, waiting, waiting
May 13 - day before official test - nervous wreck, crying a lot... convinced my DH to let me test - first EVER BFP!!!!
May 14 - official test day --- th_abfp.gif  Estimated due date: January 17, 2014
Jul 09 - NT ultrasound - everything looks AWESOME... so exciting to see a little person on the screen!
Jul 17 - trip to ER due to heavy red bleeding, ultrasound showed healthy baby moving with a great heartrate
Aug 14 - first OB apt - finally heard heartbeat on Doppler (anterior placenta prevented Dr from finding earlier)
Aug 26 - Anatomy ultrasound - everything looks great, probably a girl and have to go back as she's not cooperating!
Sep 04 - Anatomy ultrasound (Take II) - still looking great, probably a girl, and have to go back AGAIN as she's still not cooperating!
Sep 17 - THIRD Anatomy ultrasound - finally got all pics we needed, definitely a girl
Sep 30 - Little Megan made a dramatic entrance at 24w3d by emergency c-section (IC and bulging membranes). 1lb 10oz and 12.5 in, being cared for by the wonderful nurses and doctors in the NICU


#13 nextchapter

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:40 PM

Loved reading "Still Alice" by Lisa Genova. Her "Left Neglect" book is also a great one. She tackles problems like when Alzheimer's hits a family.
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IVF/ICSI #1 July 2011
July 8-17 Gonal-F 300 Menopur 150, Centritide .25mg starting on day 5
July 20, 2011 ER - 8 follies retrieved 7 matured, 5 fertilized, 2 slowed in growth, other three continued till day 5.
July 25, 2011 ET- 5 Day transfer with 2BBx2 eggs, none to freeze
Aug 3, 2011 beta results- BFN

IVF/ICSI #2 September 2011- Low Dose Lupron Protocol
Sept 1-11 Gonal-F 300, Menopur 150, Lupron (5 units)
Sept 14, 2011 ER- 14 follies retrieved, 13 matured, 10 fertilized, 8 continued with 2 slower in growth until day 5
Sept 19, 2011 ET- 5 day transfer with 2 eggs- 2AB, 2B+
Sept 20, 2011 - able to freeze 2 eggies! super excited
Sept 28- BFP!! beta number #1: 33
Oct 4- beta number #3: 560
Oct 19- 7 week u/s- heartbeat detected small sac, embryo measuring 6 1/5 weeks
Oct 25- noticed spotting, clotting and more spotting..
Oct 26- u/s performed and indicated that i had a 7w6d miscarriage

FET # 1 Jan 2012- Lupron/Estrace Protocol
Dec 31 Lupron 5 Units, start Estrace 2mg
Jan 20 FET!! 4BB and 2AB
Jan 30 beta: BFN

IVF/ICSI #3 May 2012- Low Dose Lupron Protocol--Aggressive Protocol
Mar 14 Immunological testing for Recurrent Pregnancy Loss blood tests-everything OK!
April 26- Uterine Lining Biopsy- to "stir" things up
May 4-12- Gonal-F 300, Menopur 150, Lupron 5 units
May 15- ER- 13 follies retrieved, 9 mature, 8 fertilized, 7 continued with 1 slower in growth until day 5
May 16- Start Prometrium (the usual) and have added 2 mg Estrace twice daily
May 20- ET- 5 day transfer with 1- 3AB, 1- 2BB and 1- class 3 morula
May 21- able to freeze 1 egg!
May 29- (9dp5dt) Beta-BFP!! 311
May 31-(11dp5dt) Beta #2- 683
June 25 - 7w6d u/s- I have two babies growing!! Baby A 7w3d and Baby B 7w2d- heart rate in the 160's
July 4- 9w1d u/s- Baby A measured 8w4d and Baby B measured 8w2d and heart rates in the 170's
July 31- 13w0d- First Trimester Screening (FTS)- baby A 12w6d and baby B 12w6d!! Heart rates 160's. NT, Tri 21, 18,13 low low %!!
Oct 10- 23w1d- put on bed rest and Progesterone as cervix is measuring short. Praying babies stay in there!
Nov 14- 28w1d- Baby A's waist is small. OB detects the possibility of growth restriction and will keep a close eye on him. Baby B doesn't seem affected at the moment.

Dec. 3- 30w5d- Going in for Fetal Monitoring (1x/wk) due to Mild Restricted Growth for Baby Boy A. Baby Girl B is on the cusp of being Growth Restricted.
Dec. 24- Fetal monitoring 3x a week. OB says I will not go past 36 weeks due to Growth restriction for both babies.

Jan 17, 2013- Andrew John ( 6 lbs 5 oz) and Lucy Cristina (4 lbs 14 oz) were born via C section.

Things I did for this cycle that's different from previous cycles: CoQ10 400 mg twice a day (started in Jan), Benadryl 25 mg 1x day after ET right up to Beta, drank more Rooibos tea after ET, increased my carbs since I am on low carb

 

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#14 manders

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 02:42 PM

I also read both Still Alice and and Left Neglect, both were very good.
Oct 2011- first visit to fertility clinic- Feb 2012- IVF #1- 21 eggs retrieved, 16 mature, 11 fertilized, 5 made it to freeze on day 5- OHSS was brutal! March 2012 FET transferred 1- BFP- ended in mc- May 2012 transferred 2 BFP- pregnant with twins. Mc one and gave birth to DS Feb 2013- Oct 2013 back to clinic- Jan 2014 transferred 2- BFP- ended in mc- April 2014 IUI- BFN- July 2014 IVF#2- retrieved 42 eggs, 34 mature, used ICSI this time and 23 fertilized. 17 made it to freezing day 5/6. OHSS kicked in...(not as bad as the first time thank goodness, but VERY uncomfortable). PGS results came back with only 5 normal embryos. 3 2AA's, 1 2AB and 1 3AB. Sept 5- transferred 2, 2AA's. 7dp5dt blood test negative:(

#15 JaneAndElla

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 11:19 PM

I just finished Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, and LOVED it! An easy and enjoyable read and it wasn't too stressful during this stressful time!

#16 manders

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:10 AM

I read Beachcombers- easy read. Now I'm reading Little Princes (true story). Both good.
Oct 2011- first visit to fertility clinic- Feb 2012- IVF #1- 21 eggs retrieved, 16 mature, 11 fertilized, 5 made it to freeze on day 5- OHSS was brutal! March 2012 FET transferred 1- BFP- ended in mc- May 2012 transferred 2 BFP- pregnant with twins. Mc one and gave birth to DS Feb 2013- Oct 2013 back to clinic- Jan 2014 transferred 2- BFP- ended in mc- April 2014 IUI- BFN- July 2014 IVF#2- retrieved 42 eggs, 34 mature, used ICSI this time and 23 fertilized. 17 made it to freezing day 5/6. OHSS kicked in...(not as bad as the first time thank goodness, but VERY uncomfortable). PGS results came back with only 5 normal embryos. 3 2AA's, 1 2AB and 1 3AB. Sept 5- transferred 2, 2AA's. 7dp5dt blood test negative:(

#17 Baby 4 Millers

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:01 PM

I finally read "The Handmaid's Tale". Great book. Interesting distopia with infertility issues.
Me 39DH 41TTC 6 years
No luck with clomid & IUI
January 2012 dx and start DHEA
May start first round IVF: 450 gonal-f and 150 luverisMay 25 11follicles!!!May 26 15 folliclesMay 31 hcg injectionJune 1 ER 18 eggs, 11 appear matureJune 3 7 embryos but are still only 2 cellsJune 4 ET 3 embryos. No embryos to freezeJune 17 hpt BFP. My DH's first Fathers Day!June 19 Beta 249July 6 Two egg sacs and one with a baby with a heartbeat!
February 20, 2013 baby boy born





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